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Response and recommendations from the task & finish groups looking at: The role of the DASS and social workers in disaster recovery

Every Local Authority has a legal duty to have policies and procedures in place to respond to

disaster including critical incidents, serious injuries, explosion, flood, poisoning, electrocution, fire,

release of radioactivity and chemical spills. The impact of globalisation, terrorism, displacement of

people and humanitarian disasters has directly impacted on the delivery of planned emergency

responses in England and in delivering long term support responses for individuals and


Both the Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) and Social Workers play an integral role in

disaster responses.